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Ducking

Not playing honor cards

Bidding

Partner opens and you end up in 3NT. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Partner opens and you end up in 3NT. All Pass

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you count your winners. Spades=3; Hearts=3; Diamonds=2; Clubs=2. Your contract is safe but you are competing and want to get an overtrick. Hoping that the clubs are split 3-2 you are going to duck 1 round of clubs while you still have controls in all the suits so that leading out AC and KC cleans out all clubs making the 4C and 2C both winners.

The Play

A spade is lead. Win with the QS, play 7H to the QH (an entry) Hoping clubs are split 3-2 lead 3C up to 7C. Don't play 4C or 2C because you don't want opponents to win with 5C and then you find out the clubs are split 4-1. That gives the opposition and extra trick. Win the heart return and play AC and KC, then 4C and 2C. Discard low diamonds, spades on the clubs, cross to the last 4 tricks which are yours.

Comment

If you duck one round of either diamonds or clubs you can make 12 tricks, than if you do not duck and just play all your high cards you get 10 tricks. If you duck both diamonds and clubs you make 11 tricks..try it and see

NOTE: The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand. Beginners should also make extensive use of the 'Hint' button. The hints are computer generated and quite conservative, but are often useful if you are looking for a good suggestion.

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